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TidalWave Productions
Entertainment Publications
Industry Comics
Founded 2007 by Darren G. Davis
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
Key people

Darren G. Davis, publisher

Jason Schultz, vice-president

TidalWave Productions (previously known as Bluewater Productions, StormFront Media/Publishing & Storm Entertainment) is an independent production studio of comic books and graphic novels. Based in Vancouver, Washington, United States, Bluewater publishes biographical comics, adaptations from films, and original titles with self-created characters.[1][2]

History[edit]

The first iteration of Davis's company started in 2001 as a production studio at Image Comics, where its founder Darren G. Davis' developed the company's signature series 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis. This iteration came to an end with the company declared bankrupt in 2003.[3]

Davis's revived company, then known as Bluewater Productions, became a publisher in May 2007 with the signature series Ray Harryhausen Presents,[4] which was produced in conjunction with filmmaker Ray Harryhausen until 2009.[5] Other signature series, including Vincent Price Presents, produced in conjunction with the daughter of the actor Vincent Price,[6] and William Shatner Presents, with actor William Shatner, followed.

The company signed a deal, in 2009, to republish the Rock 'N' Roll Comics series from defunct publisher Revolutionary Comics, the deal was ended in 2013 after seven volumes with an eighth left un-published.[7]

The company has come under criticism, starting in 2009, from former content creators claiming non-payment for their work. Rich Johnston, writing for Bleeding Cool, claims: "The company uses a number of free creators, working for no money at all, seeking exposure, who later wonder if they've been taken for a ride—especially if the work never even sees publication." Bluewater Productions founder Davis issued a statement saying, "Bluewater does not engage or condone any such underhanded or untoward activity and refutes each and every allegation made against the company and me personally. Much of the perceived conflict comes from a handful of creatives who became disenchanted over the terms of their signed agreements and mistakenly believe they are owed compensation."[8][9]

A cease and desist notice was sent to the company in 2010 by Kenneth Feinswog over the publication unauthorized biographical comics of his clients Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.[10]

Davis announced, in 2010, the appointment of Arastao Maree as Executive V.P. of Creative Development with the responsibility of re-purposing the company's titles for theatrical, television, new media and videogame production.[11]

A collaboration with The Graphic Classroom was announced in August 2011, which resulted in the creation of free lesson plans to tie-in with the company's series of biographical comics.[12]

Bluewater became a pioneer in digital first publishing in January 2012, with the release of its Gabrielle Giffords and Mitt Romney bio-comics on the Nook and Kindle prior to their print versions.[13]

Bluewater ended its distribution deal with Diamond Comic Distributors in 2012 after several of their titles were cancelled for not meeting the sales benchmarks, distribution was taken over by Comic Flea Market, which operates a print on demand service.[14][15] Following this Arcana Studio bought up the majority of the company's non-biographical original content, including 10th Muse and Legend of Isis.[16]

Content creator Jaymes Reed ended his deal, in 2013, with the company to publish his creator-owned Comics series of biographical comics about famous comedians, which had been running since 2011,[17] claiming non-payment for his work. Darren G. Davis responded to the claims by stating that Reed had been paid despite poor sales and copyright infringement issues with the estates of the comics' subjects.[18][19] Reed made further complaints in 2014 that the company was continuing to publishing the series without his permission.[20]

A name change to StormFront Media/Publishing in 2015 followed a television production deal for their property Insane Jane that required the company to differentiate itself from another production company of the same name.[21] A second name change to Storm Entertainment later that year was undertaken in order to end any confusion of the company with the controversial Stormfront message forum.[22] This rebranding coincided with a change to a digital-centric business plan.

Darren G. Davis titles[edit]

10th Muse[edit]

Developed by founder Darren Davis, 10th Muse follows the adventures of the forgotten tenth muse of ancient Greece reincarnated in the body of ordinary present-day girl Emma Sonnet. 10th Muse was the sixth highest selling comic in November 2001.

10th Muse has been optioned for film and television several times, first in 2002. While ultimately the project failed to come to fruition, CastleBright Entertainment acquired the film option in 2007.[23] In 2011 Vanquish Motion Pictures commissioned a television pilot of 10th Muse penned by Jennifer Quintenez.[24]

Legend of Isis[edit]

Legend of Isis follows the adventures of the Egyptian goddess Isis as she adjusts to life in 21st century Los Angeles following 5,000 years of imprisonment. With the help of her new friends Scott Dean and Crystal Van Howe, Isis fights evil and holds down a day job working in a museum. Isis's primary weapon, the mystical staff of Luxor, channels the power of Osiris, her lost love.

The Legend of Isis was optioned in 2004 as a motion picture by Paramount Studios and Grammnet Productions.[25]

Other titles[edit]

  • Orion the Hunter
  • Judo-Girl
  • The Blackbeard Legacy
  • Victoria's Secret Service (VSS)
  • The Mis-Adventures of Adam West

Ray Harryhausen Signature Series[edit]

The Ray Harryhausen Signature Series is a series of authorised comic book adaptions of unrealised projects developed by filmmaker Ray Harryhausen which ran for two years, from 2007 to 2009.[26] Darren G. Davis has confirmed that Harryhausen, who was in the process of retiring when the series began, had little creative involvement in the project.[27] The end of the collaboration was announced in 2009, with no plans to move the series to another publisher.[5]

Wrath of the Titans[edit]

Perseus rides on Pegasus holding a sword and shield, as an ornery-looking cyclops snarls in the background. Also there's an owl in the upper left corner.
Matt Frank cover

Wrath of the Titans is a 2007 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Darren G. Davis, Scott Davis, Nadir Balan and Jason Metcalf based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in 1984 as a sequel to Clash of the Titans (1981). In the story, set 5 years after the events of the film, the presumed-dead Calibos escapes from the Underworld to take his revenge on Perseus and his new family.[28]

A 1:6 scale figure of Perseus with Bubo from the comics was released by Go Hero in 2008.[29]

Wrath of the Titans: Eye of the Monster (a.k.a. Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops) is a 2009 comic book one-shot created by Matt Frank. In the story legendary sailor Sinbad and the mythic Cyclops fight for control of a magical lamp.[30]

Wrath of the Titans: Revenge of the Medusa is a 2011 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Darren G. Davis, Scott Davis and Jaime Martinez Rodriguez. In the story Perseus again is forced to match wits and armies with the Olympians.[31]

A licensing agreement with Warner Brothers allowed them to use the title for their film Wrath of the Titans (2012).[32]

Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops is a 2012 graphic novel created by C.W. Cooke and Ramon Salas aimed at juvenile readers.[32]

Wrath of the Titans: Force of the Trojans is a proposed 2012 four-issue, of which only two issues have so far been released, comic book miniseries created by Chad Jones and Damian Graff. In the story Apollo and Artemis must rescue Pythia from a dragon.

A radio dramatization of the original miniseries, produced by Colonial Radio Theater for SiriusXM and a novelisation called Wrath of the Titans: Battle for Argos, adapted by John Garavaglia from a script written by Ali Russell, were both released in 2013.

20 Million Miles More[edit]

20 Million Miles More is a 2007 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Scott Davis and Alex Garcia based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957). In the story, set 50 years after the events of the film, the manned mission to Venus and the attack on Rome by the monster Ymir have long been dismissed as a hoax.[33]

As part of a publicity campaign for the comic, a preview of the first issue was included on the 50th Anniversary DVD release of the film.[34]

It Came from Beneath the Sea... Again[edit]

It Came from Beneath the Sea... Again is a 2007 (delayed until 2011) four-issue comic book miniseries created by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith, Chris Noeth and Todd Tennant, based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his film It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955).

The story by Griffith and Griffith is described by Jake Thomas, writing for Fanbase Press, as "well-paced" and wasting "no time getting to the action," while James Ferguson, writing for Horror Talk, compliments the "outrageous and always funny" dialogue. The artwork by Noeth in the first two chapters is complimented by Thomas as "highly illustrated, bright, and bold," while dismissed by Ferguson as "very uneven," which he puts down to tight deadlines. The artwork by Tennant in the final two chapters is described by Thomas as "heavy-textured, almost photo-realistic panels," while Ferguson compliments the "insane" action shots despite the lazy shortcuts taken.[35][36]

As part of a publicity campaign for the comic a preview of the first issue was included on the 50th Anniversary DVD release of the film.[34]

Sinbad: Rogue of Mars[edit]

Sinbad: Rogue of Mars is a 2007 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Greg Thompson, Scott Davis, Jeff Cruz and Kiatisak Piewkao based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in 1981 as a continuation of his Sinbad the Sailor film series, which would have been titled Sinbad Goes to Mars and had previously included The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).[37][38]

A 1:6 scale figure of Sinbad from the comics was released by Go Hero in 2008.[29]

Morningside Entertainment, the production company behind the original series of films, optioned the miniseries for adaptation into a fourth entry in the feature film series in 2011.[39][40][41] The project was to be executive produced by Barry Schneer, nephew of original series producer Charles H. Schneer, and written by Paul J. Salamoff. A preview poster announcing a 2012 release date for the film was issued, but this was not met.[42]

A novelisation of the miniseries, adapted by John Garavaglia, was released in 2013.

Sinbad the Sailor also featured in the unrelated Sinbad and the Merchant of Ages (2016) by Adam Gragg and Giampiero Wallnofer.

Ray Harryhausen Presents...[edit]

Ray Harryhausen Presents... is a 2007 comic book one-shot special which includes short stories ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his early fairy tale animations as well as previews and bonus materials of other titles in the signature series.[43]

Jason & the Argonauts[edit]

Jason & the Argonauts: The Kingdom of Hades is a 2007 five-issue comic book miniseries created by David A. McIntee & Rantz based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his film Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

A 1:6 scale figure of the Skeleton Warrior from the comics was released by Go Hero in 2008.[29]

The miniseries was followed by Jason & the Argonauts: Final Chorus (2014).

Flying Saucers vs. the Earth[edit]

Flying Saucers vs. the Earth is a 2008 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Ryan Burton and Alan Brooks based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). In the story the events of the film are re-imagined from the perspective of the alien invaders, identified here as the Sons of Aberann.[44]

As part of a publicity campaign for the comic, described as aggressive,[44] a preview of the first issue was included on the 50th Anniversary DVD release of the film.[34]

Back to Mysterious Island[edit]

Back to Mysterious Island is a 2008 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Max Landis and Kevin Gentilcore based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in his film Mysterious Island (1961).[45] In the story, which features an entirely original primary cast, a pair of zoologists, surveying penguins on a rogue iceberg, accidentally rediscover the titular island.

War of the Elementals[edit]

War of the Elementals is a 2008 four-issue comic book miniseries created by Scott Davis and Sebastian Piriz based on ideas developed by Ray Harryhausen in 1952 for an unrealized film project called The Elementals.

A radio dramatization of the miniseries, produced by Colonial Radio Theater for SiriusXM was released in 2016.

The Pit and the Pendulum[edit]

The Pit and the Pendulum is a 2009 comic book adaptation by Marc Lougee and Susan Ma of the award-winning 2007 stop-motion short executive produced by Ray Harryhausen, based on the story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe.[46][47]

Vincent Price Signature Series[edit]

The Vincent Price Signature Series is a series of authorised by the estate of Vincent Price.

Vincent Price Presents[edit]

Vincent Price Presents was a 2008-2011 ongoing comic book series which ran for 37 issues. The stories feature retellings of his films and original tales.[48]

Other titles[edit]

  • Vincent Price Presents: Gallery of Terror (2009)
  • Vincent Price Presents: The Tingler (2009)
  • Vincent Price: His Life Story (2011)
  • Vincent Price Presents: Tales from the Darkness (2012)
  • Vincent Price: House of Horrors (2012)

William F. Nolan titles[edit]

A series of comic-book titles created in collaboration with Logan's Run co-creator William F. Nolan, which started in 2010.[49][50] Nolan has stated that part of his reason for making this deal was to encourage Warner Bros. to progress their long delayed plans to reboot the Logan's Run film franchise.[51]

Logan's Run[edit]

Logan's Run: The Last Day is a 2010-2011 six-issue comic book mini-series created by Paul J. Salamoff, in collaboration with William F. Nolan and Jason V. Brock, and Daniel Gete, which re-imagines the popular franchise created by Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.[52][53] The story draws on elements from the first novel Logan's Run and some elements from the second novel Logan's World.[54]

The writing by Salamoff is described by Jamie Trecker, writing for Newsarama,[55] as "pretty taut and immersive," resulting in "a speedy yet satisfying read." The art by Daniel Gete is described by Trecker as "serviceable and crisp."

A radio dramatization of the mini-series, produced by Colonial Radio Theater for SiriusXM was released in 2011.[56]

Logan's Run: Aftermath is a 2011 six-issue comic book mini-series created by Paul J. Salamoff, Philip Simpson, Mike Dorman, Carsten Biernat and Angel Bernuy.[56] In the story, which draws on elements from the second novel Logan's World, Logan returns to action when Jessica and his son Jaq find themselves in danger.

A radio dramatization of the mini-series, produced by Colonial Radio Theater for SiriusXM was released in 2012.

Logan's Run: Rebirth is a 2012-2013 four-issue comic book mini-series created by Paul J. Salamoff, William F. Nolan, Cesare Tatarelli, V. Kenneth Marion and Jayfri Hashim.

Logan's Run: Solo is a 2013 one-shot comic book special created by William F. Nolan, Jason V. Brock and Marcelo Da Silva.

Logan's Run: Blackflower is a 2017 comic book mini-series created by William F. Nolan, Scott Davis and Nick Diaz.

Tales from William F. Nolan's Dark Universe[edit]

Tales from William F. Nolan's Dark Universe is a 2011-2013 five-issue comic book mini-series created by William F. Nolan and Jason V. Brock.

Other Titles[edit]

The Wave[edit]

In April 2011, Gregg Paulson and AE Stueve announced The Wave, the first shared universe in Bluewater Productions history. This multi-part, creator-owned mini-series revolves around the adventures of characters from Greek mythology in modern times.[57] Initially, the series will consist of a four-issue mini-series, planning to expand to a team book of four to six issues.[58] The Wave #0 explores what happens to Greek gods Artemis, Zeus, Poseidon and Persephone when mankind ceases to worship them. The line will also follow mythological figures Heracles and Orion, as well as Bluewater original characters from 10th Muse, The Legend of Isis and Atlas. Stueve and Paulson cite the films of Ray Harryhausen and mythic archetypes of Joseph Campbell as major influences. The first four titles are confirmed as Artemis, Orion, Heracles and Trident: The Power of Poseidon, with issue #0 Twilight of the Gods to be released in November 2011.[needs update]

Other titles[edit]

  • 1782: The Year of Blood
  • 20 Million Miles More
  • 47 Decembers
  • Atlas
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Ares: Goddess of War
  • Baneberry Creek Academy for Wayward Fairies
  • Bartholomew of the Scissors
  • The Fabulous Beekman Boys: Polka Spot"
  • Claw and Fang
  • Curse of the Mumy'
  • Dead End Boys
  • The Deathsport Games
  • Dirk Benedict in the 25th Century
  • Evel Knievel"
  • Dorian Gray
  • Fantasy World of Bettie Page
  • Femme Fatale: Eartha Kitt
  • The Final Death Race
  • Fleischer
  • George Clayton Johnson's - A Touch of Strange"
  • Gearz
  • Hyde Park
  • Insane Jane
  • Jailbait'
  • Juliet
  • Leprechaun
  • Lost Raven
  • Les Storud's Survivorman"
  • Mike Miller's: The Imaginaries
  • Monsters Among Us
  • Missile to the Moon
  • Myth Adventures of the Muses
  • Nanny and Hawk
  • The Odyssey Presents: Camelot
  • Paparazzi
  • Pistolfist
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space Strikes Again!
  • Quartermain
  • Rain
  • Ret Romanne
  • Ruth and Freddy
  • Secret Lives of Julie Newmar
  • Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights
  • Shi vs. 10th Muse
  • Spaced Out
  • Styx and Stone
  • Tiger and Crane
  • Tom Corbett: Space Cadet
  • Tony & Cleo
  • The Odyssey Presents: Venus
  • Violet Rose
  • Warlock
  • Walter Koenig's: Things to Come
  • William Shatner Presents: Man O'War
  • William Shatner Presents: The Tekwar Chronicles
  • William Shatner Presents: Quest for Tomorrow

Biographical comic books[edit]

In 2009, the company ventured into biographical comics with Female Force, a series celebrating influential women in society and popular culture. In the subsequent years, Bluewater Productions has filled the growing biography comics niche with other titles profiling popular figures in politics (Political Power), entertainment (Fame), literature, and others. Less than half of Bluewater Productions publications are biography.[59] Bluewater Productions attempts to utilize the "power of celebrity" to broaden comics distribution. "We tried something different to get new readers into to comic book stores and it is working... We get a lot of flak from the true comic book fans thinking we are ruining the industry, but we are doing our part to help it." Fame: Justin Bieber was initially distributed exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.[60]

Although many of the biography comics are unauthorized, the company does reach out to most of its subjects to participate. In 2010, the publication of Female Force: Charlaine Harris marked the first authorized Female Force biography. Harris granted interviews to writer Kim Sherman.[61] When requested, Bluewater has donated profits made off the biography comics to charities of the subject's choice, as was the case with FAME: Ellen DeGeneres.[62] Criticism surrounds the potentially exploitative nature of biography comics. Responses from Bluewater Productions highlight positive aspects of potentially expanding comics readership. Furthermore, the company defends its right to provide timely coverage that its audience demands. According to Davis, speaking about the upcoming Infamous: Charlie Sheen comic, "there are those who are going to complain that we are exploiting Sheen. But honestly, this is no different than People magazine devoting most of an issue to the story or TMZ or Slate or the general media's constant coverage of breaking developments. If Sheen contacted us right now and wanted us to donate some of the potential profits to a charity of his choosing, we would happily do so."[63]

In addition to Female Force, the company publishes the biography comics lines Political Power, Fame and others.

In September 2009, Bluewater announced it would be reprinting defunct publisher Revolutionary Comics' line of music comics (including their flagship title Rock 'N' Roll Comics) in ten monthly volumes, averaging 250 pages each.[64] The first collections were The Beatles Experience and Hard Rock Heroes, released in early 2010.

Many of Revolutionary's original creators participated in updating and modernizing the contents of the musical comic bios (which had been originally produced in the years 1989–1993). The reprints and updates were supervised by long-time Rock 'N' Roll Comics writer/editor Jay Allen Sanford. Ultimately, Bluewater released seven titles from 2010–2012:[65]

Two other projected volumes, Rock 'N' Roll Cartoon History: The Sixties; and Rock 'N' Roll Cartoon History: The Seventies, remain unpublished.[65]

Multi-media products[edit]

Nanny & Hank was optioned by Uptown 6 Productions for a feature film.[66]

Insane Jane as well as Tom Corbett: Space Cadet were optioned by Pleroma for film adaptations.[67]

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